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What's on in Wellington this month

Your monthly guide to the hottest events in Wellington. Check out what's on the calendar of good times this August.

Pop-Up Globe NZ Tour

Experience the show-stopping Moulin Rouge, Shakespeare-style, in the wild comedy Measure for Measure, or see Hamlet come to life on-stage, in a night full of revenge, grief, madness and catharsis culminating in a breathtaking duel in the blood-drenched finale.

Visa Wellington On a Plate

This epic month-long culinary festival is a wild celebration of local food and beverage that's jam-packed with unforgettable events and pop-ups, special menus and the iconic Burger Wellington competition. Dive in and whet your appetite.


Suffrage in Stitches: The Exhibition

Fabric artwork to commemorate the Suffrage Petition.

The work includes the names of 546 women and over 27,000 hand-stitched marks, one for each signature on the petition, along with multiple surface decoration techniques.

Burn Her

This timely work by young New Zealand playwright, Sam Brooks (The Spinoff), highlights the tensions between integrity, the power of spin and the hazards of being a woman in the unforgiving world of politics. Short-listed for the Adam NZ Play Award 2017.

Live Rust Concert Tour

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Neil Young's 1979 Live Rust album. A super group of New Zealand's best artists will come together for a live concert performance of songs from the album.

Jennifer Stumm with Te Kōkī Trio

Enter a world of secrets and hidden messages with the captivating Te Kōkī Trio and one of the most dynamic violists of her generation, Jennifer Stumm - an accomplished performer who has transfixed audiences at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall and more.


Beervana is New Zealand's biggest craft beer festival. From new and innovative brews, to silent discos and colourful beer cocktails, you'll find yourself immersed in the most exciting celebration of that famous frothy beverage.

New Zealand International Film Festival

Cosy down at a cinema near you and see the best New Zealand and international films unfold. Featuring more than 150 films from across the globe, including Cannes winners and NZ Shorts, you'll be hard-pressed to whittle down a must-see list.

Bold Moves

Choreographers from across three continents share the NZ stage this winter in Bold Moves. You won’t want to miss a step - book now to see the Royal New Zealand Ballet at their finest.

NZSO: Beethoven Festival

The NZSO is celebrating Beethoven this August. See them perform a collection of the famous composer's most lauded works over four separate performances: Heroic (28 Aug), Destiny (31 Aug), Pastoral (30 Aug), and Joy (31 Aug).


Explore the diverse technologies and politics used in post-Snowden eavesdropping, featuring works by: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Fayen d’Evie and Jen Bervin, Sean Dockray, the Manus Recording Project Collective, Susan Schuppli, Joel Spring, and Samson Young. 

Orchestra Wellington - Heroes and Villains!

Join Orchestra Wellington for an exciting and interactive all-ages celebration of goodies and baddies in their brand new original story, featuring the greatest superhero anthems, Disney film classics and some traditional 'all time classical favourites'. 

The Ultimate Queen Celebration

If you're still toe-tapping after seeing Bohemian Rhapsody on the big screen, then take the plunge and book tickets to The Ultimate Queen Celebration, starring Marc Martel who provided vocals for the film.

Split Level Viewfinder: Theo Schoon & NZ Art

A survey of controversial New Zealand art figure, Theo Schoon, that explores his work in relation to other well-known New Zealand artists. 

Winter/Spring exhibitions at Toi Art

See the best in Kiwi art and photography when two vibrant new exhibitions get underway at Toi Art this weekend: The New Photography - Life in the 60s and 70s curated by Athol McCredie, and Gordon Walters: New Vision.